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The Soviet 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment's
 life at Kzyl-Arvat airport in the seventies

From Soviet Turkestan Military Districtís Kzyl-Arvat airport, the Soviet Air Defenceís 2nd Guard Fighter Air Regiments moved to the Chinese border Transbaikal Asian Military District. The 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment was formed here near the Iran border. They inherited the airport and aircraft shelters.

This was a very difficult period for the military crew and their families who settled here. The city of Kzyl-Arvat was built in the desert. It had a river, but it only had water in it in the spring. Drinking water was shipped here from the Northern Krasovodovod. It was only in the early seventies that the drinking water channel came here.

Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-17 Fresco 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-17 Fresco 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-17 Fresco 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-17 Fresco 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-17 Fresco 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-17 Fresco 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport

 

Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport

Between 1975 and 1976, the 115th Guard Fighter Air Regiment began replacing the MiG-21PFM with the new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L type. the 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment received the old silver MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F aircraft in 1976.

On the right side image, the 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment crew after the retraining to MiG-21 in 1976 at Kzyl-Arvat Airport.
 

 

Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21UM Mongol-B 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport
Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport Soviet Air Force Turkestan Military District MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F with GP-9 gun pod 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment Kzyl-Arvat airport

The MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F fighter-bomber model was replaced by a second-hand Su-17 Fitter-C (early basic version) in 1979 at the 217th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment in Kzyl-Arvat airport.

Photos: Yuri Kondrikov, Sergey Kislov, Mikhail Mironov, Igor Sirota, Yuriy Lantsova, Lydia Chatova, AS Bhutin collections

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Soviet Union, USSR, Soviet Air Forces, VVS, Cold War, Turkestan Military District's Air Force, 49th Tactical Air Army, 217th Fighter Bomber Air Regiment, 217th Fighter Bomber Aviation Regiment, Kzyl-Arvat, MiG-17 Fresco-A, 115th Guard Fighter Air Regiment, 115th Guard Fighter Aviation Regiment, Kokayty, MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F, Mikoyan and Gurevich


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